Re: SOC/BIO: Rifkin's "worldwide moratorium"

From: Brian D Williams (
Date: Wed Aug 02 2000 - 13:31:44 MDT


>Not at all; in the wild monarch caterpillars will eat nothing but
>milkweed. They don't eat corn at all, of any type. In any case,
>insects have so far proved resistant to elimination by poisoning;
>we've yet to exterminate one species with pesticides. And, god
>knows, we've tried.

Yes, as I pointed out already adult Monarchs only consume nectar,
so it is the adults who are affected by this GM corn. I wasn't
aware corn was a good source for nectar, but apparently it is.
Maybe Bonnie our resident green thumb can enlighten us.

>If every plant in the world were a cultivated one, monarchs (and
>many, many, other things) would go extinct. This is why improving
>the efficiency of our crop production is so important. Better
>corn yields result in more of the Great Plains being returned to
>the "natural" state.

Actually we don't know this for a fact, that's part of the problem.
We do know things like not having vast herds of buffalo turned the
california condor into a lab animal.


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